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Rational Harmony Day

By |2024-07-21T14:15:06-05:00July 21st, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Significance of Food, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Earth, Environment, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Goals, Gracious Living, Hong Kong, Hosting International Visitors, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, International Travel Tips, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Politics, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, United States, US Observances|

Rational Harmony Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   Singapore’s identity as a cosmopolitan nation has evolved‌. The first of two racial riots in six weeks occurred in Singapore on July 21st, 1964, resulting in 36 deaths and over 500 injuries. Many racist events that have recently gone viral have elicited strong emotions and soul-searching about [...]

National Fortune Cookie Day

By |2024-07-20T18:51:13-05:00July 20th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Environment, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, International Toasts, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, Singapore, Social Etiquette, South Korea, Thailand, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

National Fortune Cookie Day   By Sharon Schweitzer While these nuggets of enjoyment are most often found at the end of a Chinese meal, they didn't originate in China. The distinctively folded cookie began in Japan, where elegant desserts and folding techniques are quintessentially Japanese. However, in Japan, the fortune was tucked in the fold [...]

Marine Day in Japan

By |2024-07-15T09:58:56-05:00July 15th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Dining, diversity, Environment, Family time, gift-giving, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, International Toasts, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, Singapore, Social Etiquette, South Korea, Thailand, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Marine Day in Japan   By Sharon Schweitzer   Since 2003, Marine Day in Japan has been observed on the third Monday of July. Marine Day is a Japanese national holiday that aims to thank the ocean for its bounty. Considering that Japan is a maritime nation, the country and its people are heavily dependent [...]

South Asian Heritage Month

By |2024-07-09T11:20:25-05:00July 9th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Customer Service Etiquette, diversity, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Hong Kong, Inclusion, India, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Relationship Building, Relationships, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

South Asian Heritage Month By Sharon Schweitzer   South Asian Heritage Month is held annually from July 18th to August 17th to honor, recognize, and appreciate South Asian history and culture, as well as to comprehend the rich cultural legacy of countries and South Asia. It is also to better comprehend the various heritage of [...]

National Koi Day

By |2024-07-07T09:43:33-05:00July 7th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, China, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Environment, Family time, Festival, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Self-Awareness, Singapore, Social Etiquette, South Korea, Thailand, Travel, United States, US Observances|

National Koi Day By Sharon Schweitzer   National Koi Day celebrates the Japanese Koi fish and brings attention to the exotic beauty of the fish. As a symbol of courage, patience, perseverance, and strength, the Koi fish has been celebrated in the Japanese culture for centuries. The word "koi" comes from nishiki-goi, which means colored [...]

Anthony Bourdain Day

By |2024-06-25T09:37:52-05:00June 25th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Author Reviews and Profiles, avoiding international blunders, book recommendations, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, Business Etiquette, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Significance of Food, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Dining, diversity, Earth, Environment, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Tipping, Global Traditions, Goals, Gracious Living, Hong Kong, Hosting duties, Hosting International Visitors, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Observances, International Protocol, International Toasts, International Travel Tips, Italy, Japan, Korea, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Myanmar, Networking, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Singapore, Social Etiquette, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Travel, Travel Book Recommendations, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, United States, US Observances, Volunteering & Mentoring|

Anthony Bourdain Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   “Southeast Asia has a real grip on me. From the very first time I went there, it was a fulfillment of my childhood fantasies of the way travel should be.” -Anthony Bourdain   Anthony Bourdain-chef and writer, traveled the world with humility, humanity, curiosity, humor, and with [...]

International Sushi Day

By |2024-06-18T08:36:31-05:00June 18th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Significance of Food, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Dining, Global, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Toasts, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Singapore, Thailand, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

International Sushi Day   By  Sharon Schweitzer   To find the origins of sushi we must look at a dish called narezushi. Narezushi is salted fish stored in fermented rice for months at a time. Southeast Asia and Japan both had their own version of the dish, the rice was discarded and the fish was [...]

Dragon Boat Festival

By |2024-06-10T15:25:49-05:00June 10th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Japan, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, Singapore, South Korea, United States|

Dragon Boat Festival   By Sharon Schweitzer The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Double Fifth Festival, is a traditional Chinese holiday with more than two thousand years of history. It begins on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Because the fifth month is considered an unlucky time of year, many traditions [...]

Cheng Ming Festival

By |2024-04-04T08:22:01-05:00April 4th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Culture, diversity, Festival, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Inclusion, Intercultural, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Religious Celebrations, Singapore, Thailand, United States, US Observances|

Cheng Ming Festival   By Sharon Schweitzer The Ching Ming Festival, also known as Qingming (清明节), is a Chinese custom celebrated worldwide by people of many Asian cultures. Sometimes called Tomb Sweeping Day or the Pure Brightness Festival (pure brightness is the English translation of Qingming), it's an annual event to remember and honor ancestors [...]

International Tea Day

By |2023-12-15T10:55:33-06:00December 15th, 2023|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Argentina, Asia, Asian Pacific, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Culture, Dining, Europe, Global, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, India, Intercultural, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Japan, Korea, Language and Culture, Malaysia, Middle East, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tea Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

International Tea Day By Sharon Schweitzer Tea is a beverage made from the Camellia sinesis plant. Tea is the world’s most consumed drink, after water. It is believed that tea originated in northeast India, north Myanmar and southwest China, but the exact place where the plant first grew is not known. There is evidence that [...]

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